Our Young Farmers Club is based in the Weald of Kent. We meet twice a month, usually within a few miles of Marden.
Our Club is a group of young people aged 12 to 26 who are interested in farming, agriculture and livestock. Most of our members are aged 14-18, but we welcome older members too. Membership is £20 for 2018-19, some trips cost extra.
We take part in competitions like the Kent YFC Winter Competitions Day, and the South of England Show, and regularly visit local farms. It’s not all hard work though, and we enjoy our social meetings, like pumpkin carving, and bowling.
We are affiliated with the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs and the Kent Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs. Weald of Kent YFC was formed in April 2016, and formally inaugurated on November 18th 2016. It was a “probationary club” til January 2018, but is now a fully fledged affiliated club. (That means we are doing it right!)
Weald of Kent YFC is a “charity exempted from the requirement to register”. This means our income is not high enough for us to register with the Charity Commission, but we are bound by the rules of running a charity. Because we are not registered, we don’t have a charity number. The trustees are C Eckley, S Nesfield and A Scott. Please enquire if you would like to see our accounts.
The club follows a number of NFYFC Policies on Child Protection, Bullying, Health & Safety, etc. More Information for Parents here.
In March 2019, the Club was awarded a grant by the David Friday Memorial Fundthrough Kent Community Foundation, for a project called “Growing Safer Farmers”. This will allow the whole club to receive First Aid Training and Food Hygiene Training, and most members will be able to apply for a bursary for accredited training, such as LANTRA ATV Handling, or Foot Trimming.
The club is also supported by the Rural Youth Trust, the National Farmers’ Union – Weald of Kent Branch, the Kent County Agricultural Society, and the Weald of Kent Ploughing Match Association. Local businesses also support the club, Kingcott Dairy and Pure Kent. We sometimes meet at Marden Cricket & Hockey Club.